Saturday, August 22, 2009

Just a small puzzle game update: Zaz 0.2.6

Zaz 0.2.6

Zaz is a puzzle game, a 'clonespiration' of Zuma, one of PopCap's notorious proprietary (casual) games. You are confronted with a stream of differently colored balls and have to put three of the same type next to each other to destroy them. There are power-ups, you're under time pressure, you have to aim, that's fun actually.

The game has nice music and good sounds, though I couldn't find author information on any of the game data. EDIT: Ha, I looked in the source directory, but not on the menu screen! So gfx & sound is by Remigiusz Dybka (who also programmed the game) and I guess it's GPL3-ed. The music tracks are (remixed?) CC-BY-NC-SA Nine Inch Nails music.

What I'm *very* much impressed with is that the game has a in-game menu to create a recording of a game you played! It even captures audio! Usually I use glc for recording video/audio in OpenGL games.

When you record a game using Zaz' internal recorder, it creates a Vorbis/Theora .ogv file. Only problem is that you can't do anything while the recording process (you have to watch the replay, while it records and can't even switch to another window) See an example video that I recorded below.

PS: Since I'm a big wuss when it comes to playing puzzle games in which you have to aim games, I have a wish for Zaz (besides nice background images :) ) and that is to have an indicator, what ball will be affected by me pressing or releasing the mouse button. I don't like aligning the Grappling hook with the balls. :|


Richard James said...

Although the concept looks like Zuma/Luxor the game play shown in the video is quite different. In Zuma/Luxor you shoot from semi randomly generated balls. In Zaz you take balls off the chain and re-arrange them. Therefore I don't think this is really a clone of Zuma/Luxor type games.

mal1ce said...

The author information is available under the Credits button in main menu :)

qubodup said...

Richard: they are not randomly geneerated, they are taken from the chain.

/\/\@71(3: lolthx ^^

Unknown said...

Thanks for warning us about this game.
The game actually has a indicator, but it comes if u do a triplet and one of the balls has that powerup.

qubodup said...

sdasdasd: "warning"?..... :(

Jackson Palmer said...

Looks like a rip-off of StoneLoops of Jurassica to me...

Unknown said...

hehe i didn't mean it that way.
I meant warning as a hint or tip to check it out(i like the game).
Words can lead to double meanings some times :P.
Btw awesome blog, my favourite linux gaming resource without any doubt.

Unknown said...


cant see most of the graphics, the balls and backgrounds are white T_T

qubodup said...

Stimpson, you obviously need to update some libraries of yours.. probably SDL?

Unknown said...

There is a package in playdeb.

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